This course shows students "what is politics". We will cover different types of status; democracy; political mobilization, systems of governance and governance; and of the production process of public policies. Particular attention will be paid to local politics, an increasingly important area for the lives of citizens: the conflicts between the center and the periphery have re-emerged strongly, highlighting the different forms of intermediation at the local level.
Donatella della Porta, La politica locale, Bologna, il Mulino, 2006
Not attending students:
Donatella della Porta, La politica locale, Bologna, il Mulino, 2006;
Nando dalla Chiesa, Federica Cabras, Rosso mafia - La 'ndrangheta a Reggio Emilia, Firenze-Milano, Giunti-Bompiani, 2019
The educational objectives aim essentially to acquire skills oriented to the knowledge of the history of political institutions and the political and social phenomena that characterize contemporary societies, with particular reference to western democracies. The course aims to provide students with a professionalizing training supported by a solid knowledge base, focused on the themes of contemporary society and its political dynamics, at a general and local level.
Meaning of politics. Concepts, approaches and methods of political analysis. The nature of the State. The power. Local power. Political institutions. Political actors between the center and periphery of the political system. Political culture. Mechanisms through which society influences the political system. Systems of government and governance. The process of producing public policies.
SKILLS: Ability to recognize and use the main concepts with which we interpret the policy; potential capacity to analyze the political phenomena with respect to Italian politics.
DETAILED PROGRAM: Political concepts. Theoretical approaches. The state, democracy. Power in the community: the classics. Power in the community: the evolution of the debate. The Italian case in a comparative perspective. Local political cultures. The patronage parties. The structure of the conflict between the center and the periphery. Participation and urban movements. Local government institutions. Public policies and local power: from government to governance.
Lectures with specific exercises and insights - Use of slides.
Type of Assessment
Final written examination (with possible oral integration). The exam lasts 90 or 120 minutes. The written examination involves answering a certain number of questions (at least 3 sufficient answers out of 5 questions or 5 answers out of 7 questions) that require open answers, with a maximum length of the answers (usually 30 lines). The questions focus on the knowledge acquired during the course. After the first teaching form there is an intermediate written test which takes place in the same way as the final test.
Written examination (with possible oral integration)
Not attending students:
Political concepts; theoretical approaches; the State; democracy; power in the community; territorial political subcultures; clientelism and corruption; ethnic-national conflicts; political parties; urban movements; pressure groups; local government institutions; multilevel governance; public policies in cities.